Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
So, why do I look like a Tyrannosaurus? Does my face always look like that?
Don't say anything! Just don't say anything!! Because I'm the most terrifying predator to ever walk the Cretaceous Period! ROOOOAAAAAAAAAR!
Monday, March 21, 2016
Don't tell the half marathon, but I think this is my favorite race of them all. Year after year, this race has been a fun, flat, fast (definitions of fast vary by year) race with a great after party. This year, I busted my a** for a sub 55-minute finish, my familiarity with the course helping me come in well under my pre-race goal of 60 minutes.
This one was not fun. Everything J&A can control always goes perfectly, but they can't control the weather (Everyone knows that's Pudge the Fish). The weather at the start of this one was MISERY. Gale-force winds and a driving rain. I love to inspire Chris and I (Chris hates it) with Aragorn's speech from "Return of the King" bit I really did think this was the that the courage of men (at least this one) failed.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Fast course, great crowd support, the crowd of green-clad runners heading down Charles St. is a cool sight, you can watch the parade afterward, and sometimes the Oriole Bird is in the parade.
Crowded course, lack of pace signs, the name of the race is annoyingly long and I can't call it "Shamrock 5K" when so many people are familiar with the Shamrock races in VA Beach the next weekend.
Friday, January 22, 2016
As Winter Storm Jonas pummels Central PA, it seems like I probably won't be getting out on the roads any time soon.
At least my last "long run" (I was due for a step back week, anyway), 5 miles before work today, was a good one. I felt great on this run...despite going out for a beer and tacos at Mexitaly (my favorite restaurant in York) the night before since we'd be snowed in all weekend.
Maybe pre-race tacos were the key to excellence all along? Ok, probably not, but they were really good tacos.
Monday, January 18, 2016
So, I'm not sure whether this was a good run or not. Last week, I lowered my time by a minute from the previous week and felt great. I think I would have rather felt good with no time change. I'm certainly still finding my pace again. I used to be very consistent in my training and be able to tell what pace I was running by level of effort (like the "I'm dying" I put down at my 6:21 mile at Harrisburg in 2011). Now...I'm not. Some days I'm faster, some days I'm slower. I care more about distance than speed, but I have to admit it's frustrating to be finishing 3 miles in the time it used to take to run four. In my defense, it was 29 degrees F with a wind chill in the single digits. 29F, to me, is long-sleeves or jacket (probably not both), light gloves, visor, ear warmer, and shorts weather. Single digits is jacket, Under Armour, long pants, hat, gloves. I dressed for the wind chill, despite my route being mostly sheltered from the wind. In the bright noon-time sun with little wind, I had way more layers than I needed. That said, it was brutally cold tonight. I'm very glad I got my run in during the day. I love running in the cold, but tonight was way too cold and windy for me.
Anyway, despite not feeling so great on today's run, it caps off another pretty good week of running and fitness. (Except Wednesday, where I was fitness whole pizza in my mouth!) In addition to last week's hill run on Monday, I ran 2 on Thursday night with Chris, and then 6 miles in 1:09:50 on Saturday. That's an 11:36/mile pace, not far off from where I need to be to finish a marathon in 5 hours, whether it be this fall or next spring. I'm hoping that with more running, more hills, and some speedwork that I'd like to mix in once my endurance is built back up a little more, I'll get a little faster so I have a little cushion should I once again need to walk some of those later miles.
These first two weeks of January have been the best, most consistent stretch of running and working out that I've had since my surgery (mumbles) almosttwoyearsago.